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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde fires Media aide, Muritala Adigun.

The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has sacked his Special Assistant on Digital Media, Muritala Adigun, for allegedly feeding the public with misleading information.

His letter of termination of appointment, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun, with reference number: SP/S.662/2/Vol1/115, was reportedly handed over to him on Friday.

The letter read in part, “I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Special Assistant (Digital Media), with immediate effect.”

It was alleged that the sacked media aide had, on Thursday, posted false information about the procurement of some kits on his Facebook page, alleging that they were bought by the Oyo State Government.

Sources said his action led to negative comments against the governor and the state government.

Adigun, a.k.a Adigun Ibadan, posted the picture of some tools, reportedly procured by the Lagos State Government, on his Facebook page, with a claim that it was procured by the Oyo State Government.

Makinde, who was said to have taken strong exception to the development, reportedly ordered the immediate dismissal of the media aide.

An official of the state government, who spoke with our correspondent in Ibadan on Friday on the condition of anonymity, said, “Adigun had initially apologised for publicising falsehood on his Facebook page.

“But, he later claimed that his page was hacked by some elements belonging to the opposition party in order to discredit him.”


PDP, CSOs slam Buhari after banning some Media houses from covering activities in Aso Villa.

The Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday, said the banning of some media houses from covering activities in the Presidential Villa was unjustified.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, had in a statement on Tuesday restricted the coverage of activities in the Villa to 13 media organisations excluding AIT, Arise TV, STV, Ben TV and others.

Also barred were reporters from The PUNCH, ThisDay, Tribune, The Guardian, Vanguard, Daily Trust and other major newspapers, while few of them were allowed to send in their photographers.

In the statement, Adesina attributed the decision to part of the measures being taken to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

He explained that Channels TV, NTA, TVC, News Agency of Nigeria, Sun Newspaper, Voice of Nigeria, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, and photographers of ThisDay, The Guardian, Leadership, Vanguard and Daily Trust, would remain to cover the Villa for a yet-to-be specified period.

However, in a statement issued, on Tuesday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, dismissed Adesina’s explanations.

He described the restrictions placed on media houses as a most heinous form of official victimisation executed in bad faith.

According to him, this decision by the Buhari regime is highly detestable, undemocratic and totally against the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Freedom of Information Act, as well as the tenets and guiding principles of rule of law.

Ologbondiyan said, “This is therefore not the time for unnecessary pettiness, victimisation and barring of media houses, a development which has sparked suspicion in the public space as being designed to conceal certain facts from the public.

“It is indeed instructive for the Buhari Presidency to note that our nation is in dire need of hope and direction contained in timely information, especially from the government.”

He warned that clamping down on the media, which is a critical stakeholder in the effort to defeat COVID-19, was completely at variance with national interest.

Ologbondiyan further said, “What our nation needs now is for all hands on deck, with those in power shelving their pettiness, parochial interests, pointless and unreasonable ego as we collectively seek for solutions.

“The PDP, therefore, charges the Presidency to, immediately and without any further delay, lift the ban on the affected media houses and allow them to discharge their responsibility to the Nigerian people, in line with the provisions of the law and their professional requirements.

“Moreover, the PDP frowns on the Federal Government cancelling its Tuesday media briefing on the COVID-19, thereby denying Nigerians very vital information in the process. The party urges the Federal Government to exert itself and seek more concerted efforts in the fight against the pandemic.”

No justification for barring free press – CSOs

Also, the National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association, Emmanuel Onwubiko, while speaking on the development said, “The restriction infringes on the constitutional obligations of the State to the people of Nigeria in line with section 22 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

He challenged the regime to come clean because there is now a clear indication that it was uncomfortable with public scrutiny of its activities by the free press in Nigeria.

Onwubiko also said, “HURIWA hereby totally condemns this outrageous and grave threat to the constitutionally guaranteed media rights of citizens who are the owners of the sovereignty of Nigeria and have donated the legitimacy to government officials to exercise responsibility within the legal framework. We think the current administration is rapidly becoming a tyranny and totalitarian regime.”

Speaking in a similar vein, the Executive Director, Civil Societies Legislative and Advocacy Centre, Auwual Musa, said, “When we said there was a systematic attack on free speech and the freedom of the press supporters of this regime call us lairs and wailers now it is clear for all to see.

“This restriction which is clearly targeted at independent minded media organisations is further proof of this regime growing intolerance of alternative views. It is such a shame.”


$500m: NTA will compete with CNN

Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, says the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) will compete with the likes of Cable News Network (CNN) if the $500 million loan his ministry is seeking gets approved.

According to The Guardian, the minister made the statement when he appeared before the senate committee on local and foreign loans.

The $500 million is part of the $30 billion loan President Muhammadu Buhari is asking the national assembly to approve.

Mohammed said NTA can only achieve this feat when it is digitised, and that there is already manpower in place.

“If this project is approved, there will be more visibility for our people in the music, fashion and film industries,” he said.

“In 2014, we made $23 million from music alone and about $53 million in 2019 and we are looking forward to making $83 million in 2025.

“You can imagine the kind of growth we will have if only we digitise all the NTA stations in the country.”

The minister also said the creative industry is a major employer of the youth.

“Apart from agriculture, which is the largest employer of labour in Nigeria, especially the youths, the next largest employer of labour is the creative industry,” he said.

“The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2006 gave June 17, 2015, as the deadline for all members of the organisation to migrate from analogue to digital.

“Regrettably, we were unable to meet the deadline along-side most countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the deadline was moved to 2017, which was not reliable and today the target is June 17, 2020.”


Zanku Records: Zlatan sign his pet

Popular Nigerian musician, Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael who is widely known in showbiz as Zlatan Ibile has done the unbelievable by signing his pet to his newly created record label, Zanku Records.

Zlatan Ibile took to his Instagram handle to share this good news of his latest signee and shared a picture of the animal.

Zlatan Ibile welcomed the dog to the family and threw shade at humans stating that some human beings actually do act like animals.

He wrote;

“WELCOME TO ZANKU RECORDS @astalavi_thadog HUMAN BEINGS sef they do like ANIMAL this days . ! Welcome to the family ! Love you brother”


Trump suggests he could launch state-run media

Donald Trump has hinted that he is “looking at” launching a state media network, while speaking at a rally in Florida.

The president spent a portion of his speech complaining about CNN. The news channel is a frequent target of the 73-year-old’s wrath.

On Thursday CNN refused to air a Trump campaign advert attacking Joe Biden, saying its content was “demonstrably false”. The president raged about CNN’s popularity outside the US in his speech.

“CNN is a voice that really seems to be the voice [abroad],” Mr Trump said. “And it’s a terrible thing for our country.

“We ought to start our own network and put some real news out there because they are so bad. They are so bad for our country.”

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His comments were greeted with loud cheers from the crowd.

“I go [abroad] and [foreign leaders] say ‘Boy, the media hates your country’,” he said.

“And it’s just a shame, it’s just a shame. We really are, we are looking at that, we should do something about it too,” Mr Trump added.

“Put some really talented people and get a real voice out there, not a voice that’s fake.”

The president appeared to be suggesting the creation of a state run news organisation. Reports in October 2016 suggested Mr Trump, before winning the presidency, had wanted to launch a Trump Organisation news channel.

The advert the president’s campaign wanted to run on CNN featured debunked claims about Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

It also criticised various journalists, including the company’s staff.

“CNN is rejecting the ad, as it does not meet our advertising standards,” a spokesperson for the network said. “Specifically, in addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists, the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN.”


Oluwo of iwo and estranged wife exchanged insults on social media.

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi and his estranged wife Chanel Chin took shots at each other on Instagram, days after their divorce made headlines.

In an Instagram addressed to Oba Akanbi, Chanel disclosed that she is yet to speak out on what she faced in her marriage in the last 4 years out of respect for the stool. She also accused the Oluwo of Iwo of taking up a personal mission to destroy her character with fabricated stories. According to Chanel, this is not the first time her estranged husband will be fabricating stories to publicly destroy someone.

She wrote;

Maturity speaks. Since The Oluwo of Iwo has gone to the media to air his dirty laundry I have remained silent. He has gone on a personal mission to detsroy my character with fabricated stories, I have remain silent. As a mother of a small baby. All of this is unnecessary and very immature. Out of respect for the stool, I have not spoken of what I went thru in the last 4 years. Pls let MATURITY Rule. If a king does not RESPECT himself or his stool….Who else will? People of God. Let us be honest with ourselves, this is not the 1st or the last time we have watched this individual fabricate and publicly destroy someone…Kings are supposed to uplift and not oppress.

She also shared another Instagram post in which she declared herself the “Queen Mother of Crowned Prince Oduduwa of IwoLand”.

Chanel wrote;

Prince Oduduwa is wishing Everyone a Safe and joyous Christmas holiday. Let’s not forget the Reason for the Season. God is on the Throne. Love and Light to you all
From Queen Chanel. Queen Mother of Crowned Prince Oduduwa of IwoLand.
…. sips Tea….

Oluwo of Iwo and estranged wife, Chanel lampoon slam each other on social media

The Oluwo of Iwo in his Instagram post, debunked claims of holding Queen Chanel against her will in Nigeria. A statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem reads;

To who cares to listen… ticket has been provided since 18th of December, 2019, 5 star hotel fully paid till date of travel !!! And ask yourself a question….can a Canadian be stranded in Nigeria even if a ticket is not provided ?? the Canadian Embassy and Government is one of the most responsible Government and Embassy in the world.

If someone chooses to stay back for whatsoever reason, its none of our business. The needful has been done by providing the necessary travelling arrangements.

Oluwo of Iwo and estranged wife, Chanel lampoon slam each other on social media


Women have the potentials to be president – Ooni of Ife.

…they may even do better.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that women can rise to be president of Nigeria because they have the strengths and potential of good leadership.

The Ooni spoke at the opening session of the second edition of “Queen Moremi, the Musical, Reloaded” late on Tuesday at the Lagos Continental Hotels in Lagos.

According to him, we should try to uplift the position of women because they have a lot to offer the society.

He noted that there were lots of God-given talents in women, which were demonstrated through the heroic deeds of Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) many years ago.

“We’ll keep telling the story of Queen Moremi Ajasoro to bring out the strengths, talents and powers of women and what they can offer to our society to make a difference.

” Our prayer is that someday, we will have a female president, probably, they may even do better.

“We had only struggled to have a female speaker but she could not scale through to the end so we need to support them to excel in future,” he said.

The Ojaja II also called on both government and private organisations to continue to support the cause of the girl-child to give them a sense of pride in the society.

“We’ll keep telling the story of Queen Moremi Ajasoro to focus on how the society can uplift the girl-child to have a sense of pride and occupy a place in the progress of the country in future,” he said.

The monarch also commended the wife of the former Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunsho Amosun, who he commissioned as the “Queen Moremi of our time” for her support in promoting the female cause.

Also, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, the cultural ambassador to QMA, said that the cultural show would take place in eight days from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2,2020.

N.Rs also learnt that over 900 spectators graced the first day of the show.

They include Mrs Olufunsho Amosun, Princess Toyin Kolade, Mrs Nike Adedutan, and Mr Tonye Cole; the Chairman, Andron Homes.

Others were: the Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Alao and his wife, Mrs Bola Shagaya and Princess Kemi Adewumi .

N.Rs cull report that Queen Moremi Ajasoro exhibited great courage and selflessness in the sacrifice she made to liberate the people of Ile Ife during her life time .


Buhari the Democrat (President) and Buhari the Military (General)

The Punch newspaper deserves full credit for perspicacity with its recent resolve to address President Muhammadu Buhari with his military title of Major-General. The move, the newspaper said, was a symbolic protest against the President’s penchant for disregarding the rule of law. It also said it would henceforth describe the Buhari administration as a regime, just to underscore the military tendencies of his government.

The newspaper felt the need to register its frustrations about the President whose administration has kept in detention a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), since December 1, 2015, following his arrest by the State Security Service (SSS) for allegedly stealing the sum of $2.1 billion meant to acquire arms, helicopters and fighter jets for the military in the campaign against the dreaded Boko Haram sect. He remains yet in detention despite being granted bail by four different High Court judges as well as the ECOWAS Court.

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Alhaji Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife were also arrested after the December 12, 2015 bloody clash between Shi’ites and soldiers on the entourage of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna State, and have also not been released in spite of various court judgments granting them bail. In the same vein, the convener of Revolution Now and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the last presidential election, Omoyele Sowore, has remained in detention since he was arrested in August after calling for a revolution. On two occasions since then, he has been released on court orders only to be re-arrested.

Punch’s decision to address the President as Major-General Buhari and call his civilian government a regime, therefore, is a consequence of perceived government’s abuse of human rights and unwillingness to submit itself to the rule of law. If, however, the measures were meant to force Buhari to toe democratic line, the paper may not be anywhere close to achieving it, given the excitement with which many of the President’s aides and supporters have embraced his military title. Some even said they did not vote for a democrat but a general, and that they did so because of his antecedents and style of governance while he held sway as head of state between 1983 and 1985. They prefer the stern looking and taciturn Buhari of that era to the smiling one of the current dispensation.

The President’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, had indicated the warm embrace of the Major-General title in Buhari’s camp with his response to the Punch editorial, saying that there is absolutely nothing wrong with addressing the President with a title he worked very hard to earn. He said: “Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. All over the world, just as in our country, a large number of retired military officers are now democrats. It does not make those who did not pass through military service better than them. Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve.”

Of course, I am not in a position to speak for Punch, but I do not believe that the newspaper actually set out to ridicule Buhari. At the very worst, it could be a strategy to spur the President into action by reminding him of the latent personal qualities he has failed to deploy in his leadership assignments; the qualities I thought were about to manifest when he announced soon after he won his reelection that he would be taking some tough decisions in his second term.

With the President’s pronouncement, my mind had raced back to the firm and decisive Buhari that held sway as the nation’s leader between December 1983 and August 1985; a short but highly eventful era of national reawakening when the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) restored a culture of orderliness in public places and suspected looters of the nation’s exchequer were haunted and hounded. Remarkably, the regime even changed the designs of the different denominations of the naira because it was suspected that a lot of public office holders had stolen from the national treasury and were reluctant to keep the looted funds in the banks for fear that it would be traced to them.

The story is told of how some Chadian soldiers, whose country had been in a prolonged civil war, invaded some Nigerian communities in 1983 while Buhari held sway as the General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos. It was during the Second Republic when the gentleman President Shehu Shagari was the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. With a simple signal from Shagari to Buhari to flush out the intruders, an all-action Buhari launched an offensive that drove the Chadian soldiers so deep into their own territory that the Chadian President had to plead with Shagari to prevail on Buhari to withdraw his troops.
The Buhari we desire is one who confronts an invading army and causes them to flee with their tails between their legs. It is not one whose order is flouted and nothing happens when he tells the First Lady: “Go to the other room and keep quiet.”


Lai Mohammed – No going back on social media regulations.

…Regulate content not social media

The Federal Government has restated its resolve to regulate the activities of the Social Media which it claimed was being used for the spread of fake news and hate speech.

Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammad stated this at the annual roundtable on Cultural Orientation in Owerri, Imo State.

The minister, who was represented at the event which theme was: “Youth, social media and cultural development in Nigeria” by a Director in the ministry, Mrs.Memunat Idah-Lah, said the role of the Nigerian youth as key drivers of development and cultural ambassadors as well as the value of the social media in contemporary times have continued to attract the attention of government and development experts.

“The key issue slated for discussion from the theme of this conference is the social media. Permit me to use this opportunity to reiterate the position of government that the social media needs to be regulated.The resolve of government to regulate the platform is not designed to hamper freedom of expression or gag public discourse as being alleged, rather, it is to prevent its abuse and the negative consequences.

The phenomenon of hate speech, fake news and other forms of criminality which features regularly on the social media have the potential to harm the nation’s security, national unity and our overall national interest.

“It is important to note that our position is in tandem with global best practices. Most countries including the advanced democracies are adopting one form of regulation or another. However, in our case, we collaborate with stakeholders in determining the best option for our dear country.”

But Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who was represented by Ikenna Emeh, said what the Federal Government needs to regulate is the content and not the use of social media in the country.

He pointed out the Federal government needs to make a distinction between Hate Speech and regulation of the social media.

“There is every need to regulate the content of the social media and not the use of the social media in the country and it is important that the Federal government because there is difference between hate speech and regulation of use of social media content.”

Earlier, Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, Louis Eriomala said ,” While we appreciate the enormous benefits to be derived from responsibly using the Internet and social media , we are deeply concerned about the negative consequences of its misuse on our Culture and the future of our youths.

According to him this concern has resulted in several countries adopting one form of regulation or the other to defeat the illegal activities in the social media.

“In this regard, the Institute fully supports the regulation of the social media platform . It is gratifying to note the assurances from the Senate President Lawan Ahmed and the Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Muhammad that a final decision would be reached after a Robust Stakeholders engagement.”


Most of the things I see on social media are fake.

… I’m leaving for 5 days

Nigerian singer, Simi has shared her thoughts about social media and it is centered on the “fake and noisy life” she sees.

The singer who expressed her wish of leaving social media at least 5 times a day, added that most people believe in whatever the trend says they should believe and it really exhausts her.

Most of the things I see on social media are fake, I want to leave social media at least 5 times a day - Simi


Ihedioha’s aide frowns at EFCC posing threats of seal on SUN office.

Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media, to the governor of Imo State and former Standing Committee member of the Nigeria Guild of editors, Steve Osuji has expressed his opinion on the recent threat by the Economic amd Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seal The Sun’s corporate office in Laos State.

According to Osuji “Sealing of The Sun’s office does not serve the purpose the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is pursuing”.

Osuji noted that the company is a public trust and should be treated as such. “I wonder what would happen to so many people who has shares with the company if it is shot down, it does not tell well of democracy”


Our Stand: EFCC visits the SUN.

Three officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with four heavily armed policemen on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at about 10.00 am arrived the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos and put up a notice for staff and the general public to keep off the premises. The EFCC officials, who came in a white Toyota bus with registration number, ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun’s fence, “EFCC, keep off.” They also advised our staff to collect their personal belongings from the office as they will come back to seal the premises completely.

We do not understand the legal basis for this EFCC action. It is on record that there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court with Suit No: SC/546/2018 wherein The Sun Publishing Limited appealed against the Judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on the interim forfeiture order made against it by a Federal High Court in 2007 based on ex-parte proceeding. The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution were duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the Court.

It is also pertinent to state that EFCC vide a letter written by Counsel to The Sun Publishing Limited, dated 22nd May, 2018 and duly received by one Caleb Peter on behalf of Rotimi Jacobs & Co. was further put on notice of the pending appeal at the Supreme Court and advised to stay action in the matter pending the hearing of the Motion for Stay of execution and the appeal.

Again, it is instructive to state that The Sun Publishing Limited was not a party to the case of EFCC vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Others, so we do not see why the Judgment in that case should lead to attempt to seal The Sun Publishing Limited premises.

Further more, we are aware that both Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and Slok Nig Limited have since appealed the Judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris and a hearing date given.

We wish to reiterate that The Sun Publishing Limited is an ongoing corporate limited liability company and its shares are owned by various individuals distinct from Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. Therefore, the recent Judgment against Senator Orji Uzor Kalu should not be used to disturb the operations of the company and the proprietary rights of its innocent shareholders until the matters are dispensed with at the Supreme Court.

In view of the foregoing, we call and appeal to the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to urgently intervene and advise EFCC appropriately on the legal consequences of its actions.


YouTube promote any form of Hate speech, officially bans all videos that are racist, sexist

YouTube has announced that from now on, it will ban any content that is racist, sexist and promotes any form of hate speech.

According to CBS News, YouTube will now remove any videos that hurl insults at people based on race, gender expression, sexual orientation or other “protected attributes.” The ban also extends to content containing veiled threats of violence.

YouTube also announced that from now on, action will be taken against channels that have been found to repeatedly harass others in videos. YouTube will “demonetize” such channels by turning off any ad revenue those videos would normally generate for their creators.

The new anti-harassment and violence policies also apply to public officials, although those videos will remain on YouTube if they are considered parts of news stories, documentaries or other educational material.

The comment section on YouTube is also not left out. YouTube’s comment section is also getting a fresh set of new guidelines. A new comment review tool will be available to video owners that will allow them to, by default, hold back comments the company’s algorithms have flagged as potentially inappropriate until creators have reviewed them. The setting can be turned off by creators at any time.

Matt Halprin, YouTube Vice President of Trust and Safety, said the company has been reviewing its guidelines since 2017 and tries to find a balance between “allowing freedom of expression and keeping hateful speech to a minimum.”


Oyo Assembly speaker react as punch calls Buhari ‘Major General’

… commends the news media

Oyo State’s House of Assembly Speaker, Debo Ogundoyin has reacted to Punch Newspaper’s notice in which it notified the public that it will henceforth address President Buhari with his rank as a military dictator and also refer to his administration as regime.

Recall N.Rs reported earlier that the national daily backed its claim of the lawlessness witnessed in Buhari’s administration by recounting Sowore’s travails, how the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim el-Zakzakky and his wife spent over three years in detention in violation of court orders granting them bail and ordering their release, and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki being held in detention since 2015 in defiance of several court orders, including one by the ECOWAS appellate court.

N.Rs also reported that Punch media accused the Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed of forgetting how as an opposition spokesman in 2014, he was harassed by the SSS and accused of “loitering”. It also alleged that the Minister has been vigorously pressing for anti-hate speech laws to restrict the social media.

Reacting to the notice, Oyo State’s House of Assembly Speaker Debo Ogundoyin commended the newspaper for being courageous.

Debo tweeted;

Today’s @MobilePunch editorial, its resolution to henceforth prefix @MBuhari with Major General & refer to his adminstration as regime in protest against autocracy is another huge feat renewing our hope in the media as a strong voice ready to hold govt. accountable & responsible


Presidency – Addressing Buhari as Major General not derogatory

The Presidency said there will be nothing derogating about addressing President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.

A national newspaper had on Wednesday said it will henceforth prefix the President with the military rank, citing recent developments, which it reckoned have been reminiscent of the military style of the 1980s, as its reason.

However, reacting to the decision of the newspaper in a statement on Wednesday, the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the decision of the newspaper would not jolt the Presidency.

According to Adesina, Buhari did not just stumble on or gifted the rank while in the Nigerian Army’s service, but worked hard and long to merit and acquire it, adding that having served as a military officer did not preclude him from becoming a democrat, just as it does not mean those who never had military service experience better democrats than those who did.

“A newspaper says it will henceforth address President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.

“Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

“All over the world, just as in our country, a large number of retired military officers are now democrats. It does not make those who did not pass through military service better than them.

“Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve”, the statement.


Social Media Causing Death, Lawlessness, Violence – Garba Shehu.

…calls for regulation

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu has called for the regulation of social media which according to him has led to lawlessness, violence and deaths.

The Presidential spokesperson who spoke at a media award event organised by Kawararafa Reporters, said the Nigerian government was not against free speech but against use of social media to wreck havoc.

Mr Shehu said;

“For instance, the entire Kasuwan Magani saga that resulted in the death of more than 50 people was because someone posted misleading information on WhatsApp that went viral.

“All countries in the world are trying to make laws to check the excesses. Many countries are trying to control the situation. The Europeans have placed a new law that holds the companies responsible.

“In United Kingdom, the parliament has received a report on social media. There is a youth addiction to it, just like cigarettes. Without any form of control, it has done harm to women, ethnic minorities, individuals, institutions and countries.

He also pointed out that journalists around the world undergo training, accreditation and licensing before practicing while social media users with a phone, a tablet or laptop anyone can reach millions, sometimes for good and other times with ulterior motives.

Garba Shehu further argued that the Nigerian constitution never anticipated social media, thus the need to tackle hate speech so Nigeria can be a sane place to live in.

He added;

“The federal government is saying that stakeholders should come together and agree on regulation. We know that no matter how bad the situation it favours someone.

“Some have argued that our constitution already has laws in libel, but the laws of the ‘60s never anticipated social media.

“No government has the right to muzzle freedom of speech. We don’t support the taking of lives as punishment. People insult others and share false information on social media. I hope that hate speech will be tackled so that Nigeria will be a sane place to live in.”


Sowore’s re arrest in the court was planned – Lauretta Onochie said.

Lauretta Onochie, President Buhari’s aide on Social Media, claims yesterday’s re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore in court was staged by Sowore’s supporters. She said this in a writeup posted on her Facebook page this afternoon. Read below


So it was a stage managed drama in the court yesterday; Sowore pinned down by his supporters in a courtroom in order to give DSS a bad name.

There was no gun. No batton. No pinning down. Just plain drama, planned and staged by his boys and girls. Kudos, but every lie has an expiration date.

Many EYEWITNESSES have said DSS was OUTSIDE the courtroom, not inside the courtroom.

Here’s one more eyewitness account as reported by Adeniyi Adegbomire SAN-

A friend of mine, Wale Fapohunda, who was in court today when Sowore’s re-arrest was purportedly effected inside the courtroom has this to say about the incident ??:

“Okay, so I was in court today and here is what happened.

The court had adjourned his matter till 11th Feb next year.

The court called the next matter and proceeding had commenced in respect of the next matter.

Sowore stepped OUT OF THE COURT ROOM and suddenly we heard noises coming from the corridor “leave me alone” “they want to kill me” “they want to kill Sowore” and all that.

Suddenly Sowore’s people started dragging him with the DSS and they (Sowores team) dragged him into the court room.

The judge seeing this, rose and went to her chambers.

The DSS didn’t enter the court room to arrest him rather his supporters dragged him in with the DSS official.

Nobody chased the judge out, she rose and went to her chambers on seeing squabbles.

The DSS official left the court room and waited for him outside the court.

Thank you all. Behold my eye witness account”.

Blackmailing government enforcement agencies was how our nation went into decay. It wont work this time. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.

It appears everyone in that drama was part of the drama club. They harassed a Court officer who wanted them out as they were disrupting another court case. A Lawyer who looked bemused with the whole drama was lost for words.

Drama has not helped Dino Melaye. It has not helped Olise Metuh. Drama has not helped Orji Uzo Kalu.

Drama will not help Sowore because Once you dramatise a lie to the members of the public to attract sympathy, you lose all of that sympathy when they find out you have misled them.

I’m also of the opinion that the police look into these videos, (I have watched four) and charge those who deliberately misled the general public on this issue.

God bless Nigeria.
Lauretta Onochie.


Clergyman, Prophet Samuel Abiara Shows His Interest In Social Media Bill

…says people should not be allowed to get away with abusing others

Popular clergyman, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has declared his support for the Social Media Bill.

The clergyman while speaking at a press conference in Ibadan, Oyo state on Saturday December 7th, said the bill is not aimed at gagging freedom of speech but to fight fake news and sensationalism that could destroy the nation.

According to him, some unscrupulous elements have used social media to spread fake news about Nigerian leaders and clergymen.

“It is good that social media has expanded the information space globally. People connect and communicate better than before. But that privilege has been abused many times by unscrupulous elements who have been spreading fake news and libeling government officials and church leaders. People should be free to talk but once they report false or fake news, there should be consequences. They should not be allowed to get away with abusing the platform,” he said


Watch video as Bishop Oyedepo fires at FG over social media bill, this time hot say,

…do they think we are all dummies

Bishop David Oyedepo, the senior pastor of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, has once again kicked against the proposed Social Media Bill being deliberated upon in the Nigerian Senate. The social media bill has passed the second reading in the senate.

Speaking at a programme in his church, Oyedepo said what the Federal government should look out for is hate acts and not hate speech. According to him, hate act which is witnessed in many parts of the country is far worse than hate speech.

“They are looking for hate speech, they are not looking for hate act. Which one is worse, hate speech or hate act? They’ll see somebody and cut his head and you’re free and they’ll see somebody and say you’re stupid then you die. Can you imagine that? It is a stone age mentality. But I think we’re free from it now, but there is nothing wrong in trying to make attempt. Do they think we are all dummies?”

The clergyman went further to ask his members if the Buhari-led government was doing well and they unanimously chorused No.

“What education do you have, where did you get it from that you want to bamboozle everybody? You’re not doing well, you’re not doing well. They must tell you you’re not doing well. Hear me, please hear me and answer me, is this government doing well?” he said


News – Cardi B’s Twitter’s trending with comic comments.

Cardi B has been in Nigeria for about 72-hours and she’s totally loving it. She’s really having a lot of fun and screaming to the world on her social media to ‘come to Nigeria and have fun’.

This morning, her IG story is trending for a lot of reasons largely due to the fact that she was at a Lagos strip club last night and it’s all on her IG story.